3/7/1914 Franz Ferdinand’s shabby funeral

Franz Ferdinand is buried after a funeral service that lasts all of 15 minutes. There are no foreign dignitaries present, ostensibly because Emperor Franz Josef is too frail too meet them, but the emperor’s dislike for the archduke is probably the real reason. Berchtold may also have not wanted any foreigners present to advise caution to his emperor.

The one foreign leader who was invited is Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany, the personal friend of Franz Ferdinand. But he is not present either. Although back trouble was given as the reason for his non-attendance, he has actually been kept away because Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg fears that his presence would make him a target for an assassination attempt.

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